I hope you all had a great weekend! Also, I officially survived my first week of summer break. I apologize for being absent last week but I needed to take some time to adjust to the kids being home and my husband had a business trip last week so there was just too much going on. We had big plans for Father’s Day weekend however, none of it ended up happening. Somehow we ended up grabbing brunch at a street cafe called Dinette in Echo Park while deciding what to do for the day. The food at was unreal, see below. Even the girls liked it and they’re pretty picky. After brunch we somehow found our way out to Santa Monica.
With all of the places to go and things to see in L.A., Santa Monica and Hollywood are probably 2 of the most popular places. That being said, they can be a nightmare to navigate in the summer. We were feeling adventurous and decided to brave the crowds. Luckily parking and traffic wasn’t too bad. Don’t let that fool you though, there is always traffic in Santa Monica.
Being only 5’1″ finding midi and maxi dresses can be though. I recently found the perfect midi dress for summer. The length is just right for me and I love the smocked bodice. It also has the cutest button detailing in the back. I had worn this dress out to brunch and figured I might as well snap some pictures of it for you guys :). It is so light and airy and it even has pockets. I mean, does it get any better than that?
It was too chilly to actually step out onto the beach so we just admired the views from Palisades Park. I decided I was a little too dressed up so I decided to change into some shorts to do a little sightseeing. Sometimes it can be really fun to play tourist even if it is in a city close to your own home.
The World Famous Santa Monica Pier is only about a block or so from where we were in Palisades Park so I had to take a touristy photo. We didn’t go out onto the pier because the girls were wanting to go on rides and to be honest they’re a little too pricey for what they are. We decided to head back to Third Street Promenade to do a little shopping before heading home. Although our day trip to Santa Monica was pretty short here are some things I’d recommend if you have a little more time:
See + Do:
Visit the Santa Monica Pier
Shop at Third Street Promenade
Walk along the coast at Palisades Park
Head “next door” to Venice Beach and snap a pic with the “Venice” sign
Visit the Venice Canals
Shop at Santa Monica Place
Take a drive along the PCH
Hike Temescal Canyon (in Pacific Palisades)
Spend a few hours at Will Rodgers State Beach (at PCH and Temescal Canyon Rd)
Eat + Drink:
Del Frisco’s Grille
Father’s Office (21+ only!)
Bay Cities Deli
A lot of people have been reaching out to me recently and telling me they’re coming to LA this summer. Most of the time when I ask where they’re going they tell me “Santa Monica and Venice” so I’m hoping you found this guide helpful in some way. Also, if you are planning a trip I’d love to hear how it went! Also, you can shop all the outfit details from this post here: